(This is part three of a devotional based on Psalm chapter 29. I was going through a rough time and this chapter gave me hope. I pray it does the same for you! )

The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is majestic.  (Psalm 29:4)

The voice of the LORD splits the mighty cedars; the LORD shatters the cedars of Lebanon.  (Psalm 29:5)

Cedar trees of Lebanon grew in mountainous terrain so they were deeply, deeply rooted. They had to be. They could grow to the height of 120 feet, sporting a girth up to forty feet. One word described them the best. Strong.

But God could split and shatter them, with his voice.

I thought of the high, exalted things in my life that are not of God. I thought of the strongholds. If God can do this to the mighty cedar tree, he can do this to the things that have taken root in my heart that are not serving God’s purposes for my life. One whisper of his Word or the thunderous sound of his voice can destroy the work of the enemy and set me free. Completely free.

This was it! I was beginning to feel real hope for the first time in a long while.

Father, let even your whisper roar and shatter the shackles of the enemy. Set me free, Lord! Set me free!

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